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Study Spaces 

The Library offers a wealth of varied study environments. Expand the sections below to learn more about them. Find Grab and Go Whiteboard Supplies near the library’s entrances to use in your study location.

Overnight Study

Geisel: Floors 1 and 2
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • For individual and group study (large tables and individual seating)
  • UC San Diego-only (Windows PCs and Macs)
  • Chromebook Grab and Go 
  • Electrical outlets and wireless
  • Black/white/color printer and scanner
  • WalkStation (treadmills with adjustable-height tables)
  • Adjustable-height tables
  • Typically open overnight Sunday through Thursday nights during regular terms

  • Conversation permitted
  • Services not available from 9:45 pm to 7:30 am
  • Users must follow the Use and Conduct Code and all other Library policies
Graduate Students: Also see the Graduate Study Lounge

Graduate Student Study

WongAvery: Graduate Study Lounge (Floor 1 Breezeway)

Limited to graduate students in all disciplines with pre-authorized access

Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • Individual graduate student study (lounge seating, some larger tables, and individual seating)
  • Electrical outlets and wireless
  • Pre-authorization required
  • Conversation permitted in smaller room of the lounge
  • Cell phone use not permitted
  • 24-Hour access, excluding library and campus closures
  • Users must follow the Use and Conduct Code and all other Library policies

Group Study Rooms

Geisel Library 
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • Study rooms are available on Floor 1 West, Floor 2 East, the Service Hub, and Floors 5-7
  • Reserve study rooms in advance and see descriptions for each room within the reservation system
  • Rooms 2096A and 2096B on Floor 2 East include accessibility feature such as automatic door openers, lower whiteboards, and adjustable-height tables
  • The Geisel Large Adaptive Study Space (GLASS), Room 721 on Floor 7, accommodates up to 16 users with flexible furnishings and ample writable surfaces
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • Quiet cell phone use permitted inside rooms
  • Users must follow the Use and Conduct Code and all other Library policies
WongAvery Library
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • Study rooms are available on Floors 1 and 2
  • Reserve study rooms in advance and see descriptions for each room within the reservation system
  • Rooms 105 and 110 on Floor 1 include accessibility feature such as automatic door openers, lower whiteboards, and adjustable-height tables.
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • Quiet cell phone use permitted inside rooms
  • Users must follow the Use and Conduct Code and all other Library policies

General Study/Seating

Geisel: Floor 1 West Study Areas
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • Open seating and study space (large tables and individual seating)
  • UC San Diego-only computers (Windows PCs and iMacs)
  • Electrical outlets and wireless
  • Teaching + Learning Commons is located here
  • WalkStation (treadmills with adjustable-height tables)
  • Adjustable-height tables

Geisel: Floor 1 East Study Areas
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • Open seating and study space (large tables and individual seating)
  • Electrical outlets and wireless
  • Adjacent to library collections

Geisel: West Commons (Floor 2)
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • Open seating and study space (large tables and individual seating)
  • UC San Diego-only computers (Windows PCs and iMacs)
  • Electrical outlets and wireless
  • Scanners
  • Data and GIS Lab
  • Adjacent to specialty collections
  • Adjustable-height tables

  • Conversation permitted
  • Food/Drink is not allowed at computers. Users must follow the Use and Conduct Code and all other Library policies
Geisel: East Commons (Floor 2)
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • Open seating and study space (large tables and individual seating)
  • UC San Diego-only computers (Windows PCs and iMacs)
  • Electrical outlets and wireless
  • Printer and scanner
  • Digital Media Lab is located here
  • Active Learning Lab is located here
  • Houses Audrey’s Café
  • WalkStation (treadmills with adjustable-height tables)
  • Adjustable-height tables

Collaborative Study

Geisel: Active Learning Lab (ALL; Floor 2 East)
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • Room can be configured for individual study, multiple groups, one large group, or a mix
  • Electrical outlets and wireless
  • Wall-mounted, moveable, and individual whiteboards available

  • Conversation encouraged (at normal speaking volume)
  • Do not remove furniture or whiteboards from room
  • Room is not reservable
  • Food/Drink is not allowed. Users must follow the Use and Conduct Code and all other Library policies
Geisel Large Adaptive Study Space (GLASS; Room 721 on Floor 7)
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • For group and social learning (ten small, movable, tables have writable surfaces)
  • Electrical outlets and wireless
  • Whiteboard wall and 16 personal whiteboards
  • See reservation system to reserve

  • Conversation encouraged (at normal speaking volume)
  • Do not remove furniture or whiteboards from the room
  • Food/Drink is not allowed. Users must follow the Use and Conduct Code and all other Library policies

Quiet Study/Seating

Geisel: Quiet Study Space (Floors 4-7)
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • All of Floors 4-7 are intended for individual, quiet study; Floor 8 is for silent study
  • Electrical outlets and wireless
  • Adjacent to library collections
  • Moderate conversation is permitted within group study rooms on all floors
  • Adjustable-height tables

  • Conversation discouraged
  • Cell phone use not permitted
  • Food/Drink is not allowed. Users must follow the Use and Conduct Code and all other Library policies
WongAvery: Quiet Study Space (Floors 1-2)
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • The entire WongAvery Library is intended for individual, quiet study
  • Electrical outlets and wireless 
  • InfoStations and computers (PCs and iMacs) on Floor 1
  • Moderate conversation is permitted within group study rooms on both floors
  • Adjustable-height tables (Floor 1)

  • Conversation discouraged
  • Cell phone use not permitted
  • Food/Drink is not allowed. Users must follow the Use and Conduct Code and all other Library policies

Silent Study/Seating

Geisel: Silent Study Space (Floor 8)
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • Entire floor is intended for individual, silent study
  • Electrical outlets and wireless 

  • Conversation not permitted; absolute quiet expected
  • Please silence cell phones
  • Food is not allowed. Users must follow the Use and Conduct Code and all other Library policies
WongAvery: Silent Study Space (near center of Floor 2)
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • The Silent Study Room is intended for individual, silent study
  • Electrical outlets and wireless

  • Conversation not permitted; absolute quiet expected
  • Cell phone use not permitted
  • Keyboarding discouraged
  • Food/Drink is not allowed. Users must follow the Use and Conduct Code and all other Library policies

Media Viewing

Geisel: Media Viewing Stations (Floor 1 West)
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • For individual or small group viewing of media reserves materials
  • Blu-Ray, DVD, VHS, and LP playback
  • Stations reserved for media playback (no studying)
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn't disturb those in nearby stations or outside areas
  • Food/Drink is not allowed. Users must follow the Use and Conduct Code and all other Library policies

Media Production/Editing

Geisel: Digital Media Lab (DML; Floor 2 East)
Amenities/Features Policies/Details
  • For individual and group media production and editing
  • High-end Windows computers with Adobe and other software for video, audio, graphic, and 3D design
  • Scanners compatible with print and transparencies
  • For use by UC San Diego students, staff, and faculty
  • Conversation permitted
  • Computers are by reservation only
  • For more information email the DML staff
  • Food/Drink is not allowed. Users must follow the Use and Conduct Code and all other Library policies

See Also

Geisel Overnight Study Commons

Open Continuously 10 AM Sun–6 PM Fri

Current UC San Diego ID Required from 10:00 PM–7:30 AM

No Library Services Available Between 9:45 PM and 7:30 AM

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Graduate Student Lockers

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Current Graduate Student

Up To 3 Consecutive Quarters

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